David Tanner is a representational oil painter in Richmond, Virginia. Since receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991, his study of traditional painting technique includes workshops with modern masters Nelson Shanks in Philadelphia and Robert Liberace in Washington, D.C.
After more than a decade of oil portraiture, David has focused on figurative and plein-air painting since 2006. Frequent traveling has provided rich opportunities for capturing the light and color of locations in Russia, Italy, Spain, Morocco, and Great Britain. While visiting painting collections in these countries, David has studied the work of Sargent, Sorolla, Zorn, Repin, and other late 19th and early 20th century masters.
David’s paintings have been accepted into national exhibitions, including Oil Painters of America and Salon International. National awards include three paintings honored for the Portrait Society of America’s 2011 Member’s Only Competition, as well as honors in competitions hosted by PleinAir Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, and the Raymar Fine Art Competition. His Self-Portrait won first prize in American Artist magazine’s annual competition and was featured on the cover of this respected publication in September 2012.
In April 2014, David's Painting Phillip Scaggs of Richmond Ballet was featured in the “Classic Moment” back-page feature of Fine Art Connoisseur. In July 2014, Fine Art Today shared the story of a recent successful solo-exhibition. Also in 2014, the December issue of American Art Collector featured David's work in their “Artist Focus” series.
David is an active member of Oil Painters of America and The Portrait Society of America.